Friday, August 29, 2008

It's my birthday!!

My "magical" birthday. I'm 29 on the 29th!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Waimea has taken a sudden interest in cameras. Now that I think about it, not just cameras, but EVERYTHING. I have to keep her pacifier in her mouth to keep everything else out. And she throws mini tantrums when I don't let her have her way. It's great.

Spencer's new favorite hobby is helping mommy paint. It's a good thing we have a lot of closets that still need painting. Why is he always painting in his underwear? Good question.

He is also my vegetable-loving boy. He'd eat vegetables as a main course if he could. We have to make him eat the rest of his dinner before we can put vegetables in front of him. Weird kid. :)

23-year old beer bottle

We removed the bathtub in the upstairs bathroom and found a beer bottle tucked underneath, fully intact. No wonder the contruction on our home is so shoddy. But at least we didn't find too much mold this time around, just rust. Sadly, I did not capture the beer bottle in time before Evan threw it out.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Katri's Painting Tip #72

If you like a paint color but don't want to pay the price, snatch a paint chip and take it to Lowe's or Home Depot (or any other "discount" hardware store). They can try and match it. If you don't like the way their computer matches it, ask them to manually tweak it. If you still don't like it, don't buy it. I've had paint chips matched MANY times, and there's only been once that I didn't like the match. I have Restoration Hardware colors throughout my house, but have never spent more than $25 per gallon. And Valspar (Lowe's brand) is just as good as Benjamore Moore and Sherwin Williams.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I don't think anyone is reading my blog

...That's probably because I haven't told anyone about it yet. Maybe I will today.

Anyway, here's one of our current projects--Spencer's bathroom. Look how ugly it was before:

This is what it looks like now...

Here's Spencer working on another project--revamping and organizing our closets. And yes (believe it or not) I actually gave in and let him paint.

This is what happens when Lowe's has a buy-one-get-one-free sale on closetmaid wire shelving. What you see is (12) 12-foot lengths of wire shelving stacked and stored on our stair landing. Without a garage we have to get creative with our storage.

And here are my two cute kids.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

One year ago yesterday...

...we closed on our townhome. We were looking for a cheap fixer-upper. We got the fixer-upper, but had we spent the same amount of money on a home in Texas as we spent here, we'd be living in a mansion. Gotta love the east coast. But at least I got my dream--buy a crappy-looking home, fix it up, then sell it for profit. We planned on flipping it in three years. We're one year into it, but definitely not one-third done. But I never planned on the transition to two kids being so difficult. We've done quite a bit of work, but only one room is completely done--our master bath. Here are the before shots:

And here are the after shots:

More to come later...

Monday, August 11, 2008

We've joined the blogging world

Over the last few years I've received random emails from friends and acquaintances that have said something to the effect of "Everyone has been bugging us to start blogging, so we've finally given in," or "since we can't keep up with all the emails that we receive asking about us and our family, we've decided to start a blog to keep everyone updated." I can't tell you how many of these I've received. So I've come to a few conclusions. Either these people are really just wanting to start a blog and feel that they need to come up with a valid reason to do so. Or nobody really cares about us enough to read a daily blog of our affairs or pester us via email. We'll assume it's the latter.

So why have I decided to start a blog? Good question. It's not as if I don't already have enough to do. With raising two very small children amidst a whole-house remodel, with a gazillion other hobbies and interests hovering in the background (and not even being able to manage any of that) you'd wonder why I'd take on something like blogging.

Well whatever the reason for this craziness, I've taken the plunge. We'll see how long it lasts.